Top 10 Phones Of 2010

The year 2010 was all about phones with 1GHz processor, huge screens, AMOLED displays and loads of internal storage and RAM. Every known hardware manufacturer released a new handset after every 3-4 months. However, only a few of them were good enough to stand out from the crowd.

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There were some phones which gave Apple’s based a run for it’s money. Microsoft also entered the foray in late 2010 with their Windows Phone 7 platform which introduced some new phones. Even Nokia came up with a good phone using the platform. So which are the top 10 phones than made a mark in 2010? Here is a list of them in my opinion.

10 – LG Optimus One

Phones are not only about high-end hardware and Super-AMOLED screen/Retina Display. Not everyone in this world is rich enough to buy a high-end Android/WP7 handset or an iPhone. While most manufacturers do launch low-end to mid-range Android based handset, they sport either a very low amount of RAM, a weak processor, or an odd resolution (Samsung Galaxy 3). The LG Optimus One is a mid-range handset, but it packs quite a punch. The handset has a 3.2-inch HVGA display and packs 512MB of RAM. The handset is powered by a 600 MHz processor, ensuring that the phone chugs along nicely.

LG Optimus One

While most high-end handsets, including the Samsung Galaxy S series, are still waiting for their Android 2.2 update, the Optimus One runs on Android 2.2 right out of the box. LG has even confirmed that the handset will get the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update. No wonder, the Optimus One is the most popular handset to ever come out from LG’s stable.

9 – Samsung Focus

Samsung Focus

The problem with all Windows Phone 7 based handsets is that they are all too similar, both in hardware and in interface. The only phone which stands out from the WP7 handset crowd is the Samsung Focus. The Samsung Focus uses the awesome 4-inch Super-AMOLED screen found on the Galaxy S line-up of handsets. The Focus is powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and has 512MB of RAM as well as ROM along with 8GB of internal storage. The back of the handset sports a 5MP snapper with AF (Auto-Focus) and an LED flash.

The Focus runs on WP7 and is carrier locked to AT&T. The only downside of the phone is the very low internal storage space (8GB). The Focus is the lone WP7 running handset in our Top 10 phones of 2010 and barely makes it to our list at number 9.

8 – Samsung Wave

The Samsung Wave retails for around $370 on Amazon, and that’s what makes it killer. At such a low price, the phone offers top-notch build quality and hardware. The Wave uses the same CPU that powers the Samsung Galaxy S series the 1 GHz Hummingbird processor from Samsung. The phone also packs a brilliant Super-AMOLED display, albeit a small one, at only 3.3-inches.   The Wave was the first handset from Samsung to run its brand new OS Bada.

Samsung Wave

The phone also sports Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0 and a decent 5MP camera with Flash. The Wave is still the best handset for users who hardly care about apps and games for their phone.

The stellar hardware and the killer price help the Samsung Wave to make it at number 8 on our Top 10 phones for 2010.

Download Hero Of Sparta For Android For Free

Remember the Gameloft Twitter Advent promotion under which the company made Dungeon Hunters for Android available as a free download for 24 hours? Today, continuing their Twitter Advent promotion Gameloft is giving away Hero Of Sparta game for Android as a free download for the next 24 hours. While the game is available for free download, the official page of the game still lists it for $4.99.

Users who want to grab their copy of Hero Of Sparta for free need to visit this link from their handset to download the game. On visiting the link from their handset, users will be prompted to download and install a 22KB 100% Free HD Game’ apk file.

The app   then opens up a webpage, which looks exactly like the page from where you downloaded the 22KB apk file, from where users can download the apk file of the game for free. The apk file of the game is 3.07MB big and after installing the game it downloads another 66MB of additional game data.

Here is a video of Hero Of Sparta in action :

Trying any other method/link to download the game may not prove successful given Gameloft’s crappy store. There is another twist to the tale as well here. Not all Android handsets are capable of running Hero Of Sparta. The selected handsets which are capable of playing Hero Of Sparta includes the Google Nexus One, Samsung Galaxy S, Motorola Droid and the HTC EVO 4G. Readers can find the whole list of compatible devices here.

Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update Rolling Out To Nexus One Owners?

Google just unveiled the successor of Nexus One the Nexus S along with Android 2.3. Now, many Nexus One owners are reporting that they have already started getting the Android 2.3 update for their handset via OTA (Over-The-Air). However, Google has still not confirmed anything so readers should take this news with a pinch of salt.


Nexus One owners who are running on stock Android 2.2 can enter Android 2.3 *#*#2432546#*#* in the dialer to force the phone to check for an update.   Hopefully, the Nexus One will be getting all the goodies that Android 2.3 introduces except for NFC and front video camera since it lacks the required hardware.

If any of you Nexus One owners have already received the Android 2.3 update on your device, do let us know by dropping in a comment.

Thanks to Droid_Life for the secret code to force the handset to check for software update.

Pictures Of Nexus S Running Gingerbread Emerge

Nexus_SSome mysterious guy over at XDA has managed to get his hands on the upcoming Nexus S from Samsung/Google. He has posted some pictures of the device as well as the screenshots of the device running Android 2.3.   The pictures of the handset are quite blurry but nevertheless, the pictures still show the curvy design of the handset. The back of the handset looks very similar to the Galaxy S.

The source says that the Nexus S sports a 4-inch Super-AMOLED (Perhaps S-AMLOLED2?) with WVGA resolution. Along with this, the camera of the phone is capable of recording videos in 720p resolution. The source also confirmed that the Nexus S will pack an ARM v7 CPU. He did not mention whether it packs a dual-core CPU or a single core one.

Also, there is no word on the internal memory and the amount of RAM the handset will come packed with. Hopefully, Eric Schmidt will announce the Nexus S along with Android 2.3 in the upcoming few weeks.

Nexus S Image Shows Up On Best Buy?

Many people had expected Samsung and Google to unveil a new Google experience phone during the event held by Samsung on November 8. Sadly, that did not happen as rumors suggested that the Nexus S was delayed due to a hardware bug. There have been many rumors about the hardware specifications and how the Nexus S actually looks. Nexus_S

If my memory serves me right, the Nexus S is the first phone in a very long time whose pictures and specifications have not leaked on the Internet before its release until now. Best Buy has mistakenly posted a picture of a device on their website which looks like a Nexus S. From the image it looks like the Nexus S is running Android 2.3 since the notification bar sports a new color.

There is also a front-video camera visible in the image which further strengthens the fact that Google will be bringing video chat to Android with Gingerbread. Hopefully, Samsung and Google will be unveiling the Nexus S sometime soon.

MeeGo OS Running On Nexus One

Google has always advertised Android as an open’ OS. The same stands true for the Nokia’s Maemo/MeeGo OS. Nexus One MeeGoBoth the OS are very open towards hacking/exploiting and the modding community surely loves them due to this. Now, modders have even started porting the MeeGo OS from Nokia to some of the popular Android phones. These phones include the Nexus One, the HTC Desire and the Dell Streak.

The Nexus One leads the pack in terms of development pace and success. The MeeGo port to Google branded phone has been making a lot of progress and the developer @vgrade posted pictures of the OS running on his device. There are still many issues before Nexus One owners can dual-boot between the MeeGo OS and Android OS. The major obstacle in the development is the closed nature of Qualcomm’s 3D driver and this means the UI is not hardware accelerated. This results in very slow response time, high CPU usage etcetera.

Via – AndroidPolice

New Froyo Build For Nexus One Leaks

The HTC-manufactured-Google-branded Nexus One was the first Android handset to hit the retail market with Android 2.1 on board. It was also the first device to get the Android 2.2 (Froyo) OTA update. With the Froyo update, the Nexus One got a very big performance boost.Google Nexus One The Linkpack and the Quadrant scores of the device nearly tripled after the Froyo update. Now it looks like Google is working on another Froyo build for the Nexus One which has leaked onto the Internet.

Users who flashed this new leaked FRG33 build Froyo ROM on their Nexus One are reporting improvements in the performance of the device as well as Wi-Fi transfer speed. This leaked build also updates the radio of the phone. Hopefully, this will solve the 3G reception issues which initially plagued the handset.

Hopefully, Google will roll out the FRG33 build of Android 2.2 (Froyo) for the Nexus One sooner than later.

Google Nexus One Sold Out!

The Google-branded-HTC-made Nexus One did not sell well through its unique web store. However, the phone was widely appreciated by many before Google killed it. The phone is no longer available from the Googleclip_image001 Web store. Nevertheless, people who are still interested in purchasing the phone can grab it from online stores like eBay. The phone is also available as a Developer phone until now! No, Google has not killed the Nexus One as a developer phone. Instead, the phone has been sold-out globally.

The Nexus One is currently out of stock, and Google is blaming the shortage of AMOLEDs for this. HTC, the manufacturer of Nexus One, has already made their shift to S-LCDs from AMOLED display official. An official Google spokesperson also said that -:

Everyone appreciates that it’s important to the platform to get phones in the hands of developers, so we’re working hard on re-stocking the shelves.

Samsung is currently the largest producer of AMOLEDs but the company has shifted its focus on manufacturing Super-AMOLEDs exclusively for its phone, thus the shortage of AMOLEDs. Hopefully, the Google Nexus One will be back in stock as a developer phone sooner than later.


HTC Makes The Shift To S-LCDs Official

HTC has finally made the shift to S-LCD display official in a press release. The company said that the S-LCD display will be used in a variety of phones including the HTC Desire and the Nexus One. S-LCD is the next generation ofHTC Desire LCD which offers better contrast ratio, better viewing angles and a lower power consumption.

HTC is experiencing high-demand for many of our phones, specifically our phones with 3.7 inch displays. The new SLCD display technology enables us to ramp up our production capabilities quickly to meet the high-demand,said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation. The SLCD displays provide consumers with a comparable visual experience to HTC’s current 3.7 inch displays with some additional benefits including battery performance.

The S-LCD displays are jointly manufactured by Samsung and Sony in Korea. Only phones equipped with 3.7-inch AMOLED display will be using the new S-LCDs, as they are in short supply. However, HTC did not mention in the press release the advantages (or disadvantages?) of S-LCD over AMOLED displays.

Google Nexus One Officially Gets The OTA Android 2.2 (Froyo) Update

Google Nexus One users can now upgrade to Android 2.2 via the official OTA update from Google. There had been speculations earlier about the update but this time it is real and official.


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The T-Mobile Nexus One got upgraded from Android 2.1 build ERE27 to FRF85. For updating via OTA update, wait for the notification bar to report for an update. So, what are you Nexus One users waiting for? Go and enjoy the Froyo on your Nexus One.

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